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Julius Zieget Memorabilia

Identifier: JZM

Scope and Contents

In this 12"x15" chalk on paper caricature, Louis Hirshman renders a no-nonsense Julius Zieget, who served for nearly four decades as Secretary and Treasurer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


  • 1947


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Julius Zieget memorabilia is the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. The Museum holds literary rights only for material created by Museum personnel or given to the Museum with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Biographical / Historical

Practiced as an engineer, lawyer and public official, Julius Zieget began his nearly 40-year association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1928 when he was appointed Secretary of the corporation. In 1934 he also assumed the role of Treasurer. Upon his retirement in May 1964, Museum President R. Sturgis Ingersoll described Zieget as a devoted watchdog of the treasury. That year Zieget and his wife gifted to the Museum their collection of Shaker furniture, books and other objects. The collection was included in the Museum's 1962 Shaker exhibition.

Born in Russia in 1904 (or 1908), Louis Hirshman worked actively in Philadelphia as a caricaturist. His rendering of the ballerina Catherine Littlefield in 1938 so outraged the dancer that she reportedly marched into the Artists' Union, tore the drawing in half and slapped Hirshman. Hirshman also designed at least two posters for the WPA War Services Project. His "Portrait of Einstein" was gifted to the Museum in 1977. In addition to wood and glass, Hirshman used a brush, mop head, abacus and pad of paper to render the great physicist. Hirshman died in 1986.

Works Consulted

  1. Board of Trustees Records, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives. Vol. 16, June 2, 1963-Dec. 1, 1965, Board of Trustees Minutes,
  2. Bulletin and Annual Report 1962-1963 (Philadelphia Museum of Art) (Summer 1963):249-50. "Report of the President."
  3. Time (May 9, 1938). "Battling Ballerina."


1 oversized folder

Language of Materials



This collection consists of a 12"x15" chalk on paper caricature of Julius Zieget.

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Bertha Adams. Funded by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Guide to the Julius Zieget Memorabilia
Finding aid prepared by Bertha Adams
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Funded by a grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services

Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States